Pierre Huyghe, born in Paris in 1962, has been a key figure of the French and international art scene since the beginning of the 1990s. He works with film, installations and public events that draw attention to the importance of the image as a semiotic indicator, highlighting the dichotomy between reality and representation. “What interests me is the vital aspect of the image, the way in which an idea, an artefact, a language can stray into the contingent biological, mineral and physical reality. I want to expose viewers to something rather than just expose something to someone’.
Known for his enormous installations, which include videos, sculptures, sound, architecture and even animals, Huyghe – in his videos - explores the capacity of cinema to represent and distort mental projections of living things, who in his view are capable of making unconsciously artistic creations.
Pierre Huyghe has had exhibitions in major museums around the world: LACMA, Los Angeles (2014), Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2014), Centre Georges Pompidou (2013), as well as at Reina Sofia in Madrid (2010), Tate Modern (2006), Castello di Rivoli (2004), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2001). In 2001 he received the special prize at the Venice Biennale for the French Pavilion, in 2002 he won the Hugo Boss Prize, and in 2013 the Haftmann Prize. His video “Human mask” is shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Accrochage” (2016).